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Social Work (BSW)


SVSU's nationally-accredited social work bachelor's degree program and expert faculty offer a mentoring environment with opportunities to learn in and outside of the classroom. Students develop leadership skills while helping actual clients in need, from various backgrounds in the community. Students experience learning beyond the classroom through field-work and service-learning in urban and rural settings with social justice and advocacy organizations. They are provided opportunities to research with faculty and participate in inter-professional learning activities where they can gain a distinct advantage for graduate-level learning and career placement. SVSU recognizes that social work is a profession that interacts with many other disciplines and has adopted an interdisciplinary approach that will help all of our Cardinals soar!

For more information contact Department Chair Cathy Macomber at

Cardinal Points

  • SVSU is committed to making dreams attainable through an affordable education via a range of scholarships specific to social work students.

  • Nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Visit the Program Assessment materials for more information.

  • SVSU offers faculty-led study abroad and domestic service learning opportunities to Uganda, Alaska, New Mexico and more.

  •  The Social Work program hosts the Delta Omega Chapter of Phi Alpha, the national leadership honor society of social work. 

The Social Work undergraduate degree program prepares students with introductions to psychology, biology, sociology, political science and economics. The courses offered insight into diverse populations and community programs with faculty members that have expertise in substance use, foster care and adoption, gerontology, LGBT youth and families, community organizing, research and the law. Learning beyond the classroom is emphasized throughout the program, culminating in a field experience designed to prepare students for professional social work practice or future graduate studies.

Highlighted Courses

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

Our Students After Graduation...


Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Recovery Pathways
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
GISD Head Start
Flint Community Schools

Graduate Programs

Michigan State University
Saginaw Valley State University
University of Michigan
Wayne State University

Career Opportunities

Substance Use Treatment
Nursing Home Social Worker
Foster Care Worker
Veterans Specialist
Legal Advocate
Case Manager
System of Care Liaison
Family Engagement Advocate
Child Accounting Specialists

  • 16% job growth across different social work specializations such as child and family, medical and clinical. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $46,270 is the median yearly pay for a social worker in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Social Work program, students are prepared for a multitude of careers in the varying fields of mental health, substance use, juvenile justice, child welfare, family services and gerontology. 

Cardinal Successes

These stories offer insight into how SVSU students have turned their education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

Iridian Juarez

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Marianna Cuevas

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Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.